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Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, October 15, 2009

PSYCHO EVAL

Speaking of competency: This doctor not only deserves to lose his license to practice medicine, he should be indicted.

Maybe this is a case that Sheriff Joe could sink his teeth into for good reason, for once.
John Givens, Phoenix

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Charles Ryan

Professional something: Dr. Joseph Franzetti is, indeed, a blight on his profession. Thanks for helping to remove this creep from our public ranks, or at least I hope this is the way it goes.

Truly, if nothing comes of this after your great story, there's something sadly wrong with the system. Franzetti must believe that what he's doing for a living is baseless. Otherwise, how could he continually do harm to his patients just for the easy money?

Of course, I may be discounting that he's a sociopath.
Janice Rodriguez, Phoenix

Board is warped: I found your article on "Dr. Deception" interesting and accurate. "Dr. Deception" is part of a mental-health system that is badly broken on many levels.

I am proud of my work at the Arizona Medical Board and am concerned about the direction the agency has taken in the past two years.
Patrick Connell, M.D., via the Internet

Outrage that this doctor was hired: "Dr. Deception," indeed! And he got his degree in Mexico? Just what we need: a doctor with a "degree" from Mexico bilking the Maricopa County government.

I am outraged by what is brought forth in this story. Who is in charge of hiring this guy? This doctor needs to go, and so does that official.
Mark Travis, Phoenix

No checks and balances: This story was shocking! There are apparently no checks and balances in county government on guys like Joseph Franzetti, huh? Well, of course there aren't. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's still running around acting like a tyrant.
Madie Gates, via the Internet

And what were you wearing?: I had an appointment or two with this "doctor" when he was at Value Options, now Magellan. He was wearing a short-sleeve shirt (top few buttons unbuttoned) and no undershirt, like he was in Las Vegas or something.

This "doctor" is part of the reason the mental-health system here absolutely sucks. Thank for bringing this story to light.
Name withheld

NATIVE SON

Casper speaks to all oppressed people: It's wonderful to hear positive things about a Native American. Casper Lomayesva is truly an inspirational artist.

Someone said in your story that he means as much to his people as Bob Marley meant to his, and that's an understatement. He speaks to more than his own tribe, though; he speaks to all Native peoples.

But not only is his music inspirational to those of us who live on reservations, it makes us happy. It is so much fun to listen and dance to. Reggae performances are huge events.

Long live this music! It speaks to oppressed peoples everywhere.
George Walpi, Tuba City

Thanks for covering a true artist: Great article! Glad to see New Times doing a music-based cover story about something besides the latest flavor-of-the-month band or rapper wanna-be.
Name withheld

CAGE OUTRAGE

Business as usual at the County Attorney's Office: Your article on Marcia Powell's brutal death chilled me. And, for once, we weren't reading about an atrocity in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail system.

It's outrageous that Governor Jan Brewer could still be considering Charles Ryan to head up the prison system. His lax oversight has led to the death of an inmate under the most savage conditions. He must not be confirmed as head of the Department of Corrections!

The guards involved, the ones who were reportedly laughing at Powell begging for water while out in the hot sun, must be brought up on charges. Where's grandstanding County Attorney Andrew Thomas when real crime is committed by public officials?

Oh, he's too busy pressing a case against Supervisor Don Stapley that will wind up going nowhere, or going after Attorney General Terry Goddard, in another case that will go nowhere ("They're All About the Perp Walk," Sarah Fenske, October 8). That is, wasting our money while letting real publicly paid criminals stay free.
Tal Kramer, Phoenix

Yes, it's an outrage: I can't imagine a worse way to go than being left out in the intense Arizona heat in a cage to defecate all over yourself and then die of heatstroke.

I don't care what Marcia Powell did to get thrown in the DOC, no human being deserves this! It's an outrage if charges aren't brought against those responsible!
Ann Hicks, Phoenix

New job for "Darth" Ryan: With Marcia Powell's murder happening on his watch, how in hell is Charles Ryan still in the running to head the Arizona Department of Corrections?! Governor Jan Brewer must be the ditz she seemed during state budget negotiations.

I'll tell you where Ryan fits in: as a detention officer for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He'd fit right in at the Fourth Avenue Jail, where he could abuse/kill prisoners left and right.

L.C. Kocinski, via the Internet

In other words, shame on a lot of people: Marcia Powell deserved much better from our society. She was, after all, a human being with a soul. Marcia Powell was brutally murdered.

So very many members of our society demonstrate lack of education, compassion, and understanding of [the mentally ill]. Instead, they verbally and physically abuse human beings for their own twisted reasons. They assume incorrect things about them and make improper judgments.

This time, it cost Marcia Powell the most important gift: her life.

Many sinister people make their living, and even fortunes, by pretending to be advocates of those in need.

Shame on those who let Marcia Powell down and let this happen. Shame on the people who pretend to be advocates to those in need and are not.
Name withheld

Treat the death as a homicide: Thanks for the great investigative reporting on Marcia Powell's death at Perryville Prison. The Arizona Republic editorial totally missed the mark. If there was "transparency," why weren't the officers [involved in Powell's death] named? How are they above the law?

Anyone else would have had a mug shot on TV with 24/7 grandstanding by County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Why's he so quiet on this case?

There are many unanswered questions, and the Republic did not inform the public. Like the state officials involved in the investigation, it covered things up.

Marcia Powell's death demands an outside independent investigation by those not employed by the state. Arizona is known for its harsh mandatory minimum sentencing and draconian laws, but this is for the public, not public officials.

I agree with you: If Michael Jackson's death at the hands of his doctor is treated as homicide, so should Marcia Powell's.
Name withheld

Where's the justice?: When the state investigates its own misconduct, this is what it looks like.

Anyone else associated with a death would be criminally charged and spend decades in Arizona's prisons. Heads need to roll starting at the top of the prison system, where the culture [of abuse] has been perpetuated.

Marcia Powell's death is not isolated. This could be anyone's loved one. How dare they have Marcia on a cement slab in 107 degrees barefoot? What a horrific way to die.

I don't know how these people sleep at night. What goes around comes around.
Name withheld

Ryan's always stepped over bodies: Okay, just for the record, I am a retired Arizona correctional employee, and if Lying Ryan's lips are moving, he isn't telling the truth. He knew that she had a guardian; everyone who's ever worked in corrections knows the policy on this.

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Also, Ryan approved the policy that oversees use of the cages.

Come on, do you believe this guy, also known as Mr. Speedo? He's always bucked for the top job in corrections, no matter how many dead bodies he's had to step over.
Name withheld

Who'll be hurt next under Ryan?: Marcia's death was tragic, and as a former contractor for the Department of Corrections, I have seen men put in those cages for hours at a time in all sorts of weather.

As [acting] director of corrections, Chuck Ryan fully knew policy and failed to follow it. Everyone should know that the DOC is going to become worse than it already is under his direction. I feel sorry for all the people he is going to hurt in his term as director.
Name withheld

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